Young Israel Condemns Ocasio-Cortez

Jun 21, 2019

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Ps. 34:18

YOUNG ISRAEL CONDEMNS OCASIO-CORTEZ: The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) on Wed.19 June 2019 sent a letter to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) after she claimed that the United States “is running concentration camps on our southern border.” The organization criticized Ocasio Cortez’s decision to invoke Holocaust-related terminology as part of a political debate. Farley Weiss, President of the NCYI offered to meet with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and help her learn more about the Holocaust and better understand the deadly role that concentration camps played in the Nazis’ abhorrent attempt to murder an entire generation of Jews. “There is simply no comparison with what happened in these concentration camps with what is occurring at the border. Applying the terminology that you choose to use denigrates the significance of the mass murder of Jews, and we urge you to be more sensitive to the dangers of using Holocaust-related expressions in conjunction with present-day political matters,” he added. “Irrespective of any technical definition, concentrations camps conjure up shocking images of emaciated and persecuted Jews on death’s door, and invoke frightening memories of one of the most horrendous chapters in Jewish history.” Ocasio-Cortez's comments infuriated Republicans, including the party's third-ranking congresswoman Liz Cheney, who urged Ocasio-Cortez to "spend just a few minutes learning some actual history" about the six million Jews exterminated in the Holocaust. Several other Republicans weighed in with criticism, including Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who said that "comparing the men and women serving our country to concentration camp guards does the Congress and country a great disservice." (INN) Pray for briefings, lectures, films, correct statistics and all manner of factual/educational material to be mandatory for those representing the USA, Europe, and world- body organizations.  Carless statements and distortions of facts can be highly inflammatory and hurtful. Pray that those who slander and undermine Israel deliberately will be removed from office.

HOLOCAUST RESEARCH CENTER YAD VASHEM CONDEMNS OCASIO-CORTEZ’S ‘CONCENTRATION CAMP’ COMPARISON: Several prominent Jewish groups, including Holocaust research center Yad Vashem, responded to Ocasio-Cortez’s Instagram comparison of migrant detention centers to Nazi “concentration camps” on Twitter this week. “Concentration camps assured a slave labor supply to help in the Nazi war effort, even as the brutality of life inside the camps helped assure the ultimate goal of ‘extermination through labor.’ Learn about concentration camps,” Yad Vashem said in a tweet early Wed. morning 19 June 2019. The tweet included a link to an article from the organization about concentration camps. Ocasio-Cortez invoked the “never again” phrase, which refers to the horrors of the Holocaust, and made a comparison between holding centers on the USA southern border and Nazi concentration camps in an Instagram live video earlier this week.

The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York wrote a letter to the congresswoman expressing their concerns. The letter says that the group was “deeply disturbed” by the language used in her Instagram video, explaining the meaning behind “never again” as well as the true definition and context of what a “concentration camp” actually is. The letter goes on to invite Ocasio-Cortez to visit a real concentration camp so to reach “a better understanding of the horrors of the Holocaust”.  Zionist Organization of America’s (ZOA) National President Morton Klein also issued a statement on Twitter. Ocasio-Cortez’s comments were an “abhorrent insults to the memory of the 6 million Jews who were intentionally slaughtered, worked to death, starved, gassed and tortured in the real Nazi-Fascist concentration camp,” he said. Klein’s statement concludes by calling Ocasio-Cortez’s comments “a moronic analogy”, adding “she doesn’t belong in Congress.” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy similarly criticized Ocasio-Cortez at a press conference, for her comments on Instagram. “I think Congresswoman AOC needs to apologize,” he stated. “Not only to the nation but to the world. She does not understand history,” he continued. (Daily Caller)

RAPE OF 7-YEAR-OLD BY PALESTINIAN CALLED ‘TERRORISM’: The rape of a seven-year-old Israeli girl by a Palestinian man has been deemed a hate-motivated “terrorist attack.” The suspect, a resident of the of Deir Qaddis near Modi’in Illit, who was employed as a school cleaner in a settlement, was charged this week for the alleged rape, assault, and abduction of the child. Police claim that the man met the child during his work as a school cleaner, offered her candy to inspire her trust in him, and eventually led her forcibly to a house near the school to assault her. The attorney for the family said that the suspect attacked the girl because she was Jewish. The crime was “pure hate expressed by a group of scums who acted in defiance of all human values just because the victim was Jewish,” said the attorney, Haim Blaicher. The family is not making any statements about the case. “This is not pedophilia, but plain terrorism,” Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman said on social media, arguing in favor of sentencing terrorists in such cases to death. PM Benjamin Netanyahu said that the crime “moves all of our hearts,” and called on the courts to punish the perpetrator to the full extent of the law. National Union chairman MK Bezalel Smotrich called for the death penalty against the rapist. “There is no limit to the evil and cruelty,” Smotrich said. “If only we could impose the death penalty on this vile person. (J. Post)

‘MOTHER OF 7-YEAR- OLD RAPE VICTIM ON VERGE OF TOTAL COLLAPSE’: The suspected rapist indicted for the abduction and rape of a seven-year-old Israeli girl used a local family’s home he was renovating to carry out the sexual assault. On Sunday 16 June 2019, 46-year-old Mahmoud Nazmi Abed Alhamid Katusa was indicted at the IDF’s Ofer prison outside of Jerusalem on charges of aggravated rape. Katusa is a resident of the Palestinian Authority-controlled town of Deir Qaddis, which is located next to the Israeli city of Modi’in Illit. Katusa, who is suspected of raping a seven-year-old girl after abducting her from her school, had been employed at an elementary school in the Modi’in area. Investigators say Katusa met the girl at the school, and befriended her, talking with her and giving her candies. Once he had gained her confidence, Katusa asked the girl to leave school with him and go to a nearby house. When the girl objected, Katusa carried her off, throwing her on the ground to pacify her. Katusa took the girl to a home near the school, where several other Arab workers were present. “I’m going to do something fun for you,” Katusa told the girl. Aided by two other Arab workers present in the home at the time, Katusa removed the girl’s clothes and then raped her. The other Arab workers held the girl’s arms and legs, and covered her eyes, while she cried and asked to go home. Haim Bleicher, the attorney representing the girl’s family, later said that the two accomplices mocked the girl during the rape, saying she “deserved it”. Two days later when the girl returned to her school she told her teacher what had happened and identified Katusa as the perpetrator. Police arrested Katusa for the rape, while the investigation into the incident continues. While Katusa is in custody and under indictment, his accomplices remain at large and are likely still employed in the town where the rape occurred. The family, meanwhile, is struggling to help their daughter cope with the traumatic attack while keeping her identity secret. According to a source close to the family, the girl’s parents have been “physically” affected by the ordeal. “The parents are in a terrible situation, they really cannot deal with this incident. The mother is on the verge of total collapse." (INN)  Who can imagine the horror of something like this happening to a child or grandchild?  How can a child ever recover from such a revolting violation of his or her innocence? Only a miracle of God’s healing and comfort can meet this life-long challenge.  Please intercede for this entire family and for the necessary miracle to come to each of them.

EGYPT’S OUSTED PRESIDENT MOHAMMED MORSI DIES DURING TRIALEgypt's former President Mohammed Morsi, ousted by the military in 2013 after one year in office, has collapsed in a courtroom and died, officials say. A top figure in the now-banned Islamist movement Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi had just spoken from a cage at a hearing on charges of espionage. State TV said the cause of death was a heart attack. Activists and his family had long said Morsi was not receiving treatment for serious health problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes and was constantly being held in solitary confinement. Morsi collapsed moments after addressing the court in Cairo over charges of espionage related to suspected contacts with the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, which had close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. He spoke for some five minutes from a soundproof glass cage which officials said was designed to prevent him from disrupting proceedings. Morsi was pronounced dead in hospital at 16:50 local time. (CNN)

IRAN SHOOTS DOWN USA NAVAL DRONE IN PERSIAN GULF REGION: Iran shot down a USA naval surveillance drone near the Strait of Hormuz, Iranian and American officials said on Thur. 20 June 2019, adding to weeks of tensions in the Persian Gulf region amid growing concerns of a wider military confrontation. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps said that it targeted the drone inside Iranian airspace over the southern province of Hormozgan, next to the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The USA Central Command confirmed the incident Thursday but denied the aircraft was in Iranian airspace. The Revolutionary Guard’s chief commander, Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, called the downing of the drone “a clear message to America.”  Nearly a quarter of the world’s oil passes through the waterway, which connects Middle East energy producers to markets around the globe. (Wash. Post)

IN FIRST, ISRAELI WINS EUROPEAN FENCING CHAMPIONSHIP: Israeli fencer Yuval Freilich this week won the gold medal in the European Fencing Championships in Dusseldorf, Germany. Freilich, who ranked 40th in the world, managed to defeat Italian Andrea Santarelli, ranked 13th, in the contest’s final. The two ended the first third of their fight in a tie at 3:3, but Freilich took the lead in the next two thirds and finished 15:9. Freilich is the first Israeli fencer to win a European championship. Freilich, 24, grew up in the settlement of Neve Daniel. He is the son of Australian immigrants and has been fencing since age 5. He won two gold medals in teen championships in 2014 and 2015 and a silver in the under-23 category in 2016. “Really a fantastic day”, he said. (Times of Israel)

ANCIENT OBSERVATION TOWER DISCOVERED IN PRESENT IDF PARATROOPER BASE: An ancient observation tower was discovered at an IDF paratrooper base on Wed. 19 June 2019 dating back to the days of King Hezekiah, who ruled the Kingdom of Judah almost 3,000 years ago. "In the days of the First Temple, the Kingdom of Judah built a range of towers and fortresses as points of communication, warning, and signaling, to transmit messages and field intelligence," according to Valdik Lifshitz director of the excavation. The messages would be transmitted through smoke and fire, depending on the time of the day. The project was carried out by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority in a joint effort with the IDF and the Ministry of Defense. (J. Post)

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